In other thread of mine, we’ve been discussingcumulative sexual experience and its effect on a new relationship. In one post, Linty Fresh wrote
Which to me suggests another thread possibility. Have you ever cheated? Ever been cheated on? Can you explain what happeed? Which do you regret more, and why?
I suppose I should answer my own question:
Yes, to both, I’m afraid. I regret the former much more than the latter.
After my son died and his mother declared that she never wanted to see me again, I went through a rough patch emotionally, which manifested itself as moral turpitude. (I don’t say that to excuse it.) I probably hated nearly every adult woman on the planet at that moment, the sole exceptions being my baby sister and my mother.
Not long after H. left, I got involved with C. She is, incidentally, the love of my life, probably the single kindest, sweetest, human being I’ve ever met, much less been with. But I was full of rage and grief, and her niceness made me want to hurt her – so I cheated. A lot. Whenever she got suspicious, I’d manipulate her so that she’d think she was delusional, or irrationally jealous. I can’t excuse the way I treated her; it was by a good long shot the most vicious thing I’ve ever done. Eventually I 'fessed up, and C., incredibly, forgave me–though she never really trusted me again. We broke up a year and a half later, for good, for unrelated reasons.
A few years later I took up with E. Her infidelity to me was on a significantly smaller scale than mine to C. One night when we were supposed to go out to dinner, I had to work late. She went out with some friends from college and chanced to run into a guy she’d had a crush on years before. The two of them made out in the lobby of her building, she told me tearfully the next morning. If I were as good a person as C., I would have forgiven her. I tried to, but I couldn’t get the image out of my head; and I couldn’t forget what C. had told me once, that cheaters tend to keep cheating until they deal with the issues that moved them to cheat in the first place.
Anyway, that’s me. Anybody else got a story to tell?